This is the story of an Eskimo woman living in northern Quebec's Nunavit
region, specifically in Fort Chimo along the Koksoak River, who becomes
pregnant by an American serviceman. She did not know the soldier's name
because it was a difficult name for her. She refused to name the
soldier, even though she recognized him, because she realized he would
be disciplined for his conduct. The story is also about her son Jimmy's
growth and coming of age. This is a beautiful story with rich language
that paints a picture of the harsh life in the Arctic regions of Quebec.
The attitudes of the people in that area along with the clashes in
cultures between the white man and the natives is also depicted. The
novel does a good job of showing the role of religion and the clergy in
the area. This is a book that deserves a much wider audience.